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Pa. Drops Worker Excuse Forms

April 4, 2002

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation has dumped a light-hearted excuse form that allowed people to blame tardiness on a Pittsburgh construction project.

The project at the Fort Pitt Tunnel and Bridge construction project is expected to snarl area traffic for several months. Earlier this week, the transportation department’s Web site had a link to a form which people could download and present to their bosses -- complete with a list of excuses to pick from. The form came with a signature from a department spokesman.

But after stories about the Web site went national, the agency decided to yank the link from its Web site. The department says it was only meant as an April Fool’s joke and not intended to stay on the site for any length of time.

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